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The Right Amount of Achievements

Kent Nolen


Q. I have been at my most recent job for 12 years. How many bullets are appropriate? 

A. The number of achievements that you should include in your resume varies based on several factors: length of time in position, recency of role, relevance on position, etc. 

Here is something that might surprise you… Even if you’ve been in your position for 12 years, you still want to keep things fairly concise, so no more than your five most compelling achievements. The reason for not providing more is that the resume is meant to pique readers’ interests and provide just enough information to make them want to learn more via an interview. More than five bullet points and things can quickly start to feel overwhelming and unfocused.